The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

~September the eighth is the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. The world was changed at the birth of Our Lady as described by Dom Prosper Gueranger in the following (refreshed for today) 2018 Marian Room post (for further reading, you might open the blue-linked items in the post):   Today is the celebration of the Nativity of Mary. It is a joyous day in the Roman Catholic Church, and in the world. If we tried to imagine a creature given to us as the Mother of Our Savior, I do not expect that we could have imagined one as good and kind, sweet and loving, perfect in every manner, as the Most Holy Mother, Mary; the Immaculate Conception, our Mother and Queen. On her birthday, we particularly remember Mary in her babyhood. Mary has been known traditionally in her babyhood under the title of Maria Bambina. Catholics have had a great love for Our Lady in her babyhood for centuries. In Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year, Dom Gueranger treats of the Nativity of Mary in the following: “Let us celebrate…

Happy Marymass

“Mary’s life on Earth drew to a close. Her eyes were fixed on Heaven. Her heart beat with affection for God; her face shone and a smile was ever on her lips. All at once her heart gave a start, and Mary flew to Heaven, to the embrace of her beloved.” ~Rev. James Alberione, S.S.P., from The Life of The Madonna in Art   It is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, and so we say: we wish you all a blessed and happy Marymass! ~From all of us at The Marian Room   ~Top image: The Assumption of Mary ~More on the customs and traditions of Marymass: here.

Portrait of a Beautiful Mother

“Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.” ~G.K. Chesterton I have noticed the above picture of the Italian street-portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the website Pixabay for some time, and I like it very much.  It says to me that, at some point in time, one of our Catholic ancestors saw fit to place such a piece of art on the outside of their home/property, blatantly displaying their Catholic Faith, and their love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I wonder: was it an older person? A man or a woman? What…

A Marian Homily

~”His (referring to Fr. Fehlner, added by SF) spiritual and mystical relationship with the Blessed Mother became such a natural aspect of his daily life that he likened her, with the poet Hopkins to the ‘air we breathe’: ‘Be thou then, O thou dear Mother, my atmosphere.'” ~from the funeral of Fr. Peter Fehlner The following is a link to a brief homily (circa 2016) from +Fr. Peter Fehlner on the Blessed Virgin Mary as perfect Queen, and perfect Mother. Fr. Fehlner was a Franciscan priest, and Marian scholar, who passed away in 2018. His words in this homily (see link below) remain pertinent, and are filled with Catholic thought and belief. I think you will enjoy it. Link to homily. May you have a good day. ~SCF

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27

“As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.”  ~ Ecclesiasticus 24: 23-31, Epistle from today’s Mass, source   Today, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The original icon which represents Our Lady of Perpetual Help is housed in Rome in the…